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Controversies loom for National Organic Standards Board

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When the National Organic Standards Board meets this week in St. Louis, its 15 members will confront some particularly controversial agenda items involving whether certain substances and production methods are acceptable for use in food items certified as organic. The NOSB is an citizen advisory group responsible for considering and making recommendations to USDA on a… Continue Reading

Micro greens recalled from Whole Foods stores for Salmonella

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  Organic micro greens grown by a Colorado company and distributed to Whole Foods Markets locations in Kansas and Colorado are under recall after a random government test of the finished product showed Salmonella contamination. Osage Gardens Inc. of New Castle, CO, packaged the recalled micro greens in 2-ounce clear, plastic clamshell containers with labels… Continue Reading

Whole Foods, restaurants sold cheese linked to E. coli outbreak

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E. coli that is infecting restaurant diners in Michigan matches bacteria found in recalled Grassfields Cheese products and has spurred public health officials to warn consumers nationwide because the cheese was also sold at retail stores and online. Grassfields Cheese LLC of Coopersville, MI, issued a nationwide recall Wednesday of 20,000 pounds of its cheeses… Continue Reading

Organic tea recalled nationwide because of Salmonella

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Frontier Co-op of Norway, IA, is voluntarily recalling its Organic Hojicha Tea because of potential contamination with Salmonella bacteria. The recalled tea was sold nationwide from Dec. 13, 2014, through April 21 this year, according to the recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration’s website. No illnesses had been confirmed in connection with the… Continue Reading

Gerber recalls baby food nationwide because of spoilage risk

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  A packaging defect that could cause baby food in pouches to spoil spurred Gerber Products Co. to recall four batches of “Organic 2nd Foods” because of safety concerns. The company is offering consumers coupons to replace the potentially dangerous organic baby food. “Consumers may notice that, in some cases, the pouches are bloated and… Continue Reading

Garden of Life expands recall of Raw Meal products linked to Salmonella outbreak

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Company officials at Garden of Life LLC say they have identified the source of Salmonella Virchow contamination in their Raw Meal branded organic shake and meal powders and they expanded their product recall today. The Palm Beach Gardens. FL, company added more than two dozen Raw Meal products to the recall, which it initiated Jan…. Continue Reading

What You Need to Know About Those Spinach-Related Recalls

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Over the past two weeks, foods sold at a number of major retailers, including Target, Costco and Wegmans, have been recalled for containing spinach at risk of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. While health authorities have not been able to trace back the contaminated spinach to a specific farm, all of the food products used spinach processed by… Continue Reading

Audit of Organic ‘Certifying Agents’ Suggests Program May Need Overhaul

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this year reviewed almost half of the so-called “certifying agents” for its organic program and ended up citing 62 percent for failing to correctly enforce certification requirements on organic farms they audit, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The nation’s largest daily newspaper stated that the organic farming boom… Continue Reading

The Search for Alternatives to Antibiotics

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Ask any doctor or veterinarian to rate the important medical discoveries of the past century, and antibiotics would surely be at or near the top of the list. In this century, too, antibiotics are expected to remain an essential tool for treating animal and human diseases. But the “miracle of antibiotics” is being threatened. There… Continue Reading

FSMA Rule Revisions a ‘Huge Win’ for the Organic Sector

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Organic food producers are very pleased with the Food and Drug Administration’s revised provisions for the produce safety rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). “It’s a huge win,” says Gwendolyn Wyard, regulatory director of Organic Standards and Food Safety with the Organic Trade Association (OTA). These changes are about making sure the rules… Continue Reading